August 23rd, 2010
09:39 AM ET
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Meek, McCollum lead in Florida, but many voters remain undecided

Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has a ten point lead over Jeff Greene.
Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has a ten point lead over Jeff Greene.

Washington (CNN) - Only one day of campaigning remains before Florida primary voters go to the polls, and with time running out a new poll reveals that massive numbers of voters remain undecided even after months of tough politicking.

Rep. Kendrick Meek holds a 39 percent to 29 percent lead over billionaire Jeff Greene in the Democratic Senate primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning. But 28 percent of likely Democratic voters say they are undecided in this contest.

In the marquee Republican match-up, Attorney General Bill McCollum holds a 39 percent to 35 percent lead over health care executive Rick Scott in the Republican gubernatorial primary. In that race, 22 percent of GOP voters say they have yet to choose a candidate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek
August 23rd, 2010
09:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush to attend September 11 memorial

First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will both participate in a September 11 memorial.
First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will both participate in a September 11 memorial.

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama will join former first lady Laura Bush on September 11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the National Park Foundation.

Obama and Bush will be joined by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

"Their show of support honors the lives and memories" of the 40 passengers and crew on the flight, along with "everyone we lost on September 11, and serves as a valuable reminder of how important this memorial is to preserve and share their story," said Neil Mulholland, head of the foundation.

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Filed under: issues • Laura Bush • Michelle Obama
August 23rd, 2010
08:11 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Republican nabs a re-match in Colorado's 3rd

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Colorado 3: Democratic Rep. John Salazar seeks a fourth term
Primary: August 10, 2010
Location: Western Colorado
Days until Election Day: 71

(CNN) – While high-profile Tea Party upsets of establishment picks in Colorado's Republican primaries earlier this month left the party reeling, one congressional candidate managed to side-step the chaos, wooing enough Tea Party support to claim a decisive GOP primary win.

Republican state Rep. Scott Tipton faced a stiff challenge from underdog conservative candidate Bob McConnell, who boasted of Sarah Palin's backing. But Tipton, who also courted local Tea Party groups, garnered a share of their support and earned the right to a re-match with Democratic Rep. John Salazar in Colorado's 3rd congressional district.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Colorado
August 23rd, 2010
07:53 AM ET
4 years ago

10 things Obama must do in 10 weeks

The next ten weeks will be crucial for President Obama.
The next ten weeks will be crucial for President Obama.

(CNN) – President Obama is facing criticism that his message has gone off track at a crucial time for his party and administration. With the midterm elections just 10 weeks away, the president's approval ratings are at their lowest. Analysts are predicting big wins for Republicans in November.

Ten weeks is an eternity in politics, and Republican and Democratic strategists say there are some key things Obama can do in the final stretch to restore the confidence of the American people and minimize expected losses for his party.

1. Simplify the message

Candidate Obama inspired voters in the 2008 election with a simple message of hope and change. Halfway through his term, the president now faces the complex reality of governing.

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Filed under: 2010 • President Obama
August 23rd, 2010
07:38 AM ET
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Biden to tout auto industry success on Midwest swing

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Indiana and Ohio on Monday.
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Indiana and Ohio on Monday.

Washington (CNN) – Last week, President Obama stopped in Columbus, Ohio for a town-hall style meeting with a few dozen residents of Columbus. On Monday, Ohio residents will get another shot to see an Obama administration official. This time: Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden is scheduled to travel to both Indiana and Ohio on Monday. In Indiana, he will deliver remarks addressing the troop drawdown in Iraq at the 111th annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Indianapolis before continuing on to Toledo, Ohio where he will stop at a Chrysler plant.

In Ohio, Gov. Ted Strickland, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, all Democrats, will join Biden.

The Obama administration has paid special attention to Ohio, a crucial swing state, since the president took office. Last week's trip was Obama's ninth to Ohio since taking office.

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Filed under: 2010 • Indiana • issues • Joe Biden • Ohio
August 23rd, 2010
04:23 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 23, 2010

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CNN: Commander: U.S. could have military presence in Iraq after 2011
Less than two weeks before the scheduled end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, the top U.S. military commander in the country tells CNN that the United States could have a presence there well after 2011 – when all U.S. troops are set to leave Iraq. Asked about a comment by an Iraqi military official who said American troops “’must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020,”’ Gen. Ray Odierno says he could imagine a scenario where “we could be there beyond 2011.”

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